Settle boundary dispute to avoid civil war: HSPDP tells Govt

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 11:
The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) Wednesday demanded both the Centre and State government to settle the long pending boundary disputes between Assam and Meghalaya to prevent from the outburst of civil-war, even as the party suggested the need for setting up more police out-posts along the border areas to protect the tribal land and its people from continued atrocities by Assam.
“The government should protect the boundary of the Khasi-Jaintia hills to avoid civil war, if the boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya is too difficult for the government to resolve. So far, Meghalaya is yet to have its own proper boundary,” HSPDP President Hoping Stone Lyngdoh told reporters here.
According to Lyngdoh, the fast unto death taken up by the people of Langpih is just a peaceful move to pressurize the government for early settlement of the problem. However, the legislator added, “If solving this issue is further delay, it might led to civil war as people in the borders can no longer tolerate the problem”.
On the demand for strengthening the police forces in the border, Lyngdoh informed, “We have submitted our representations to the Government of India and Meghalaya pressing upon them the need to strengthen the police forces in the border areas of the state while the government is yet to resolve this long pending dispute with Assam”.
He said, “Setting up of more police-outposts in Langpih, Byrnihat, Block I & II is needed to ensure a sense of security to the people living in the borders and protect them from the continued atrocities and harassment by the Assam police”.
Lyngdoh also demanded that the Assam police and Nepalese should be removed from Langpih.
“Langpih belongs to Meghalaya and Assam police should be removed from there”, the legislator added even as he informed that he is waiting for the response from the both centre and state government on the issue.


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